In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.
When he made the point, my buddy was speaking from a position of strength. Chuck Karwan—West Point graduate, champion heavyweight wrestler, combat platoon leader, Green Beret, outdoorsman, gunwriter—was a bear of a guy. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of firearms of all sorts. Karwan was particularly fond of digging into the development of handguns; sights, systems, breeching, etc.; from Paterson to present.
Slide-mounted red-dot optics on pistols are hot and getting hotter.
Raw Dog Tactical's Covert Conceal IWB holster is an ideal design for keeping a low profile with everyday carry guns.
DeSantis has introduced a few new holsters for the Walther PDP, including the Thumb Break Scabbard and Speed Scabbard.
In today's episode of "I Carry," we have the brand-new Walther PDP Compact pistol in a Dark Star Gear Orion holster with a Giantmouse ACE Sonoma pocketknife.